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Injured tortoise given 3D printed shell

Cleopatra the leopard tortoise has been given a 3D printed prosthetic shell to protect her from injury<p>A tortoise has been given a 3D printed prosthetic shell to protect her own, as she suffers from a painful disease which has caused it to wear away.<p>Cleopatra, a leopard tortoise who was taken in by …

College & University

Chameleon's colour magic revealed

Scientists discover chameleons have nanocrystals in their skin that means they can change colour<p>Chameleons use tiny crystals in their skin to change colour, scientists have discovered.<p>In a groundbreaking study that fundamentally alters our understanding of the <b>lizard’s ability to switch hue</b>, …

These Tunes Are Music To Your Cats' Furry Ears

When you leave the house, do you ever turn on some music to keep your cat company?<p>What kind do you choose? Tom Jones crooning "What's New Pussycat?" A ballad by Cat Stevens? Perhaps Al Stewart's "The Year of the Cat"?<p>Nonsense. Cats don't to want to hear humans singing about them, says composer and …

Pets

Suddenly, everyone's making computers you strap to your face. Here's a rundown of all the big players.

A bunch of companies seem to believe that computers you wear on your face are the next big thing.<p>This week, hardware maker HTC and PC game technology company Valve demonstrated theirs, called Vive, and it was met with wild rapturous applause from tech writers.<p>But how is it any different than …

First photo of light as particle and wave

At last … a wavicle! Who thought we’d ever see a single photo of light’s dual nature as both a particle and a wave?<p>Here is the first-ever photo of …

Vertical farm can make 44,000 pounds of tomatoes on the side of a parking lot

Project lets Wyoming town keep growing food all year long<p>The Wyoming town of Jackson gets long and bitter winters. One mile above sea level in a landlocked state, months of heavy snow leave the town unable to grow much of its own produce, forcing it to import fresh fruit and vegetables from other …

Aquaponics

TTIP: Transatlantic trade deal text leaked to BBC

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/news_scotland/1148000/1148354_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524886126_c9e74cf11ac3028da2dbe5581385d0ae<p><b>A leaked draft of what the European Union wants excluded from a new trade deal with the United States has been obtained by the BBC.</b><p>The …

United Kingdom

Google network learns to play Space Invaders in breakthrough for artificial intelligence

The DQN network learned how to play classic video games including Space Invaders and Breakout without programming<p>Artificial intelligence has taken a major step forward after Google created a network which learned to play a range of computer games on its own without being pre-programmed.<p>The Deep Q …

Watch a blind man use a bionic eye to see his wife for the first time in a decade

<i>The Guardian</i> has posted a video that will melt your heart into an mushy stew. According to the short, a blind man has the ability to see his wife after 10 years. Allen Zderared, now in his late 60s, began to lose his site nearly two decades ago, but thanks to a prototype bionic eye and the help of …

NASA satellite image shows the frozen wasteland that currently is the United States

If you're reading this from anywhere in the United States right now, there's a pretty good chance it's cold outside. We're in the middle of a massive freeze that could last until March, the breadth of which NASA's Terra satellite just captured in the remarkable view you see above. See all that …